Bowe Bergdahl, an Army deserter who has admitted to leaving his post in Afghanistan without permission and wandering-off into the desert, has received some bad news. His trial for desertion has been delayed until February of 2017. His trial was originally scheduled for August of 2016, but the trial was moved in order to allow more time for his defense to gain access to classified materials.
What this turn of events demands is that Bergdahl will face punishment by the next commander-in-chief. While a Democrat would almost-certainly be more lenient in the punishment, a pardon is far beyond the realm of possibility if Bergdahl is found guilty as it would amount to political suicide.
Hillary Clinton has not really addressed Bergdahl except to initially criticize Obama’s swapping of five terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl.
She has since come to defend the swap.
Bernie Sanders has claimed that he would have to review the issue more closely.
Donald Trump, however, has not been shy about explaining his view of Bergdahl and his actions. Trump has called Bergdahl a “dirty, rotten traitor” who “should have been executed.”
However, that was last August- a lifetime in terms of Donald Trump’s positions. That is enough time for him to have changed opinions seven or eight times since. Let’s just hope that he remains steadfast in his earliest opinions of Bergdahl.
Either way, no matter who ascends to the Oval Office, Bergdahl is likely to receive a harsher punishment than he would have received under the “leadership” of Barack Obama, a man whose hatred for our nation and what she stands for oozes from his pores and is evident in his every utterance.
Desertion is not misconduct like behaving irresponsibly. It is not absent without leave. It is not committing an obscure violation. It is a crime that strikes at the very heart of what a military needs in order to operate.
Desertion demands that others fight in one’s stead. It places other lives in jeopardy and in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, his crime forced his comrades to mount a search effort for him and as a result, people died. Mothers lost sons. Wives lost husbands.
Desertion promotes the value of the individual over the needs of a military force and it is poison. It is a morale killer and it is unforgiveable.
That is why throughout history deserters have been shot. If the inevitable punishment for this crime is death, such a punishment discourages greatly the desire to desert.
Bowe Bergdahl should not be imprisoned. He should be lined up against a wall and given the traditional deserter’s punishment.
And while we’re at it, we should consider what punishment one deserves for aiding the enemy by offering them five terrorist fighters in exchange for one American deserter….